Update from the Manager, Standards New Zealand


Welcome to my October update for Touchstone.

Amendment No. 3 to NZS 3101:2006 Concrete structures standard

We are very happy to publish NZS 3101:2006 with Amendment No. 3 incorporated.

The Canterbury earthquakes and associated building failures showed that some aspects of the current design standards needed updating. The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry and the Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC) made several recommendations to amend NZS 3101. Also, in March 2017, the independent expert panel that investigated the performance of Statistics House (Wellington) following the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake recommended some specific changes to NZS 3101. The amendment addresses these issues.


Arrangement with tertiary consortium

Library Life magazine from LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) has an excellent article on the recent arrangement between a consortium of institutes of technology and Standards New Zealand to aid access to standards for tertiary students.


ISO week in Berlin

Sanjai Raj (the New Zealand Standards Executive) and I returned energised from the 40th ISO General Assembly in Berlin. The theme of the meetings was 'Open-Minded, Open for Change'. It was encouraging for us to see that ISO and standard bodies worldwide are, like us, working hard to be on the wave of breaking trends, both in the development of standards and in interaction with customers. Everything was about innovation, speed to market, and digital adoption.

We were encouraged to see that Standards New Zealand is not alone in our journey of change to deliver better value from standards.

These are some clips I collected from the experience:

ISO week and open zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSQ-IKbAj-c

Cooperation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vSNPhogzOs

Development committee of the future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNkWq53BqSk

Attracting new experts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx2vkQ8y-4A

Foresight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcotyOgCxEY

Standards New Zealand transformation programme

The objectives set when Standards New Zealand joined MBIE were to:

  • maximise the contribution of standards to the wider economy
  • enhance the system’s responsiveness to users
  • enable more timely development and maintenance of standards
  • ensure Standards New Zealand’s financial sustainability.

We are well under way in our transformation programme to realise these objectives and our vision of Standards New Zealand as a ‘world-leading and innovative national standards body that works to grow New Zealand for all’. Particular areas of focus include:

  • identifying priority areas of standards development for New Zealand
  • having a proactive engagement and facilitation role with industry and regulators
  • faster ways to get standards developed
  • working with regulators and industry to make standards more easily accessible
  • partnering with innovative third parties who can create value-added digital products and services.

ISOfocus interview with Carolyn Mortland, Director, Social Responsibility, at Fonterra

Are you among the one billion people around the world who enjoy the nutritional benefits of dairy from Fonterra and wonder how sustainable dairy production is? An ISOfocus interview with Carolyn Mortland, Director, Social Responsibility, at Fonterra looks at the role of standards.


NASA recommending ISO-certified glasses

The recent eclipse in the US reminded us of the importance generally of protective eyewear to shield us from solar radiation. As we head into sunnier weather, make sure your sunglasses meet the required standard.


Best wishes


Carmen Mak

Manager, Standards New Zealand

On behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive

Published in general.

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